grand teton national park
July 1 - september 30
Registration: Both Grand Teton walks are remote registration only. See our remote registration page for details. We recommend you check the National Park Service page before your trip to make sure the trails you plan to do (and the road to them) are open. See link below.
Elevation: These hikes start at an elevation of 6,000 feet or more above sea level. It is recommended that you first acclimatize to the altitude before attempting a moderately strenuous hike. If planning to do both hikes, Two Ocean Lake has a lower elevation and is an easier hike, making it a good “acclimatization” walk.
Miscellaneous: Grand Teton National Park has an entrance fee. Golden Age or Golden Eagle passes can be used. Summer temperatures in Wyoming may be 90 degrees F or more. Carry water on the trail plus sunscreen and a hat! Check with visitor center for trail conditions before heading out. Do not attempt these trails if snow or heavy rain are in the forecast. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Pets may accompany you in the front country areas of the park. This includes any areas within 100 feet of roads, parking areas, and campgrounds. Pets must be kept under physical control at all times - caged, crated, or on a leash not to exceed six feet in length. See more information regarding pets here: http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/pets.htm
Links: National Park Page
Awards & Fees: AVA/IVV credit only is $3.00. A 100% embroidered patch is available for $7.50 (includes AVA credit). Free walkers are welcome and, like all walkers, must send in a signed registration form.
Directions to start point : Grand Teton National Park is located in the western United States. It spans 310,000 acres, 485 square miles. See the link above for detailed directions.
Questions? Contact: Rose Marie Edmiston, 253-223-7554 or email
jenny Lake/cascade canyon
Jenny Lake/Cascade Canyon From the west end of Jenny Lake, the trail gently climbs up the magnificent canyon along Cascade Creek. The towering peaks of the Teton Range loom above throughout the hike. (Be sure to check the Park's website, linked below, for any changes to access to this hike.)
Trail (2D): A boat ride (optional) across Jenny Lake leads to the trail that takes you by Hidden Falls and up to Cascade Canyon. Most casual visitors do not make it beyond Inspiration Point, so the farther you go up the canyon, the more peaceful things become. In fact, the most difficult part of the trail ends at Inspiration Point. From there, begin the gradual, gentle climb to the mouth of the U-shaped Cascade Canyon, where the majesty of the mile-high, glacially sculpted walls really begins to sink in. Wildlife —marmots, pika, moose — are often seen. Thanks to the sheer canyon walls, you’ll enjoy great views beyond the Douglas-fir canopy all the way up the canyon.
two ocean lake
Trail: (2B) Round Trip: 6.5 miles. When you think of hiking in Grand Teton, you don't think of gentle trails around forest-lined mountain lakes. This nearly level loop is a perfect early- or late-season altitude acclimatization route. It offers a nice escape from the crowds that flock to trails on the park's popular western side. Arrive early or stay late for the best chance at spotting deer, elk or moose.
This trail is almost as flat as the lake, but an out-and-back option up Grand View Point adds about an hour and 700' of elevation gain, if you're in the mood. On clear days, two volcanic outcroppings atop the vista point make scenic picnic spots and offer amazing 360-degree panoramas.
Awards & Fees: AVA/IVV credit only is $3.00. Free walkers are welcome and, like all walkers, must send in a signed registration form.
For a ton of useful, up-to-date information for planning your trip see the National Park Page